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New system will end franchising model and deliver a simpler, effective model through high performance targets and simplified journeys.
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The government has scrapped rail franchising and announced plans to extend support for train firms.

After passenger numbers fell during lockdown, taxpayer money was used to plug the shortfall in ticket revenues.

So far, the bill has run to more than £3.5bn and the Department for Transport has said 'significant' support will still be needed.

Although passenger numbers have edged up since lockdown, they are still less than half pre-pandemic levels.
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'The model of adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working' - Shapps.
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ScotRail's passengers and 5,200 staff received a significant boost today as emergency funding by the Scottish Government was extended.
The lifeline Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA) was introduced in April 2020 after the COVID-19 lockdown resulted in a 95 per cent reduction in ScotRail passenger numbers. The Scottish Government reached a six-month funding agreement to allow the operator to continue to provide services for key workers tackling the pandemic.
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Control of certain struggling franchises could be handed back to the government, sources say.
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CrossCountry resumed providing reservations for specific seats on all its trains with effect from September 7.
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India's largest rapid transport system resumes services even as case numbers increase.
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A campaign has been launched to make public transport in Glasgow free. The bid from Free Our City will call on free public transport services in and around the city to help the economy recover from Covid.
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Train operators will restore more services on Monday as the government seeks to encourage Britains office workers back to their desks.About 90% of the usual schedule will be operating after the timetable change, and up to 98% of pre-pandemic commuter services in the south-east, although some of the remaining suspended train services are now unlikely to come back until December.
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LNER will add an extra 1,600 seats a week to its trains from next week. The increase, which comes into effect on Monday September 7, will see 10 trains added to the timetable between Scotland and England, connecting Newcastle, Durham, Berwick, Alnmouth and Darlington to York, London, Edinburgh and northern Scotland.
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US-based passenger railroad service Amtrak has decided to furlough more than 2,000 workers as travel demand has plummeted following the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Government's call brings only a slight increase in commuter journeys on Tuesday.
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Get yourself a cuppa, its time to sit down and talk about facemasks. We know its not the most riveting of topics but its one that needs to be addressed.
On the 22nd of June, the Scottish Government made it compulsory for facemasks to be worn on public transport. That includes ScotRail trains. It includes in the stations, on platforms and on the trains, for the whole duration of your journey. Not just when getting on. Not just when getting off. And not just when a member of staff can see you.
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Rail companies plan to share capacity information with passengers so they can avoid crowded trains.
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Services across Britain will be increased to around 90 of pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, the Rail Delivery Group said.
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Rail fares must be cut to entice travellers back on to trains after Covid-19, according to the passenger watchdog, which has urged the UK government to subsidise similar money-saving deals to those for the restaurant sector.
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A rail passenger has questioned a decision to allow staff to monitor ticket barriers without masks.

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West coast ferry operator CalMac has scored highly with its customers for its response to the Covid crisis.
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Doon Valley Railway Museum, Scotland's only preserved industrial railway, has announced it won't reopen this year due to the coronavirus.
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The special service, complying with the Scottish Governments guidelines on managing COVID-19, will run for four weeks seeing the 08.35 arrival to Oban from Dalmally and 16.11 departure from Oban to Dalmally only for use by high school pupils.
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International overnight train services are being revived to cater for a growing demand from those who want to travel in an environmentally-friendly way. Night trains, including those travelling from Paris to Nice and Brussels to Stockholm and Vienna, are being revived.
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Flexible season tickets and carnets cut costs for people making fewer journeys due to coronavirus crisis.
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A heritage railway has reopened after more than four months of closure due to coronavirus. The Severn Valley Railway [SVR] has been losing about £500,000 a month due to the closure. SVR was fully booked up for Saturday's reopening, with passenger groups of up to six having their own compartment to enable social distancing. The railway's general manager said resuming services would help 'break even' rather than making a profit.
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Hampton Loade: Who are you calling a small engine? If you're going to be rude, you can all stay on the platform, and I'll go and join that train over there. I'd rather go to Bridgnorth, anyway. 1450 goes off in a huff at an SVR steam gala.
Ken Strachan 18/03/2017

Bewdley: Black 5 no 5000 stands alongside 25056 at Bewdley station on the Severn Valley Railway in May 1981.
Colin Alexander /05/1981

Bridgnorth: Bulleid Pacific no 34053 'Sir Keith Park' standing alongside the station at Bridgnorth on 2 August 2012.
Peter Todd 02/08/2012

The Covid-secure service, called Let's Eat - At Your Seat, will allow LNER customers to order refreshments without having to visit an onboard shop.
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Scotland's principle rail operator ScotRail has said it will increase its timetable from Monday.
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ScotRail are offering jobseekers free travel to interviews to help them get back to work following the coronavirus pandemic.

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Organisers behind a new rail service on the Carlisle-to-Settle line say they hope it will 'kick-start' tourism as coronavirus lockdown measures ease.
Three return trips will run daily between Appleby and Skipton - except on Sundays - until 12 September.
The first service left earlier and trains will consist of former first class InterCity coaches.
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Moorcock Tunnel: Gresley A4 Pacific no 60009 Union of South Africa takes a special north towards Ais Gill circa 1984, photographed shortly after leaving Moorcock Tunnel.
Colin Alexander //1984

Appleby: 7029 Clun Castle at Appleby on 14 October 1967 with the LCGB (North West Branch) Castle to Carlisle railtour. The train was on its way back to Liverpool Exchange, with 7029 taking charge as far as Hellifield.
K A Gray 14/10/1967

Skipton: 4472 Flying Scotsman at Skipton with The North Yorkshireman on 30 June 1981.
David Pesterfield 30/06/1981

Passengers have accused LNER of putting them at risk by failing to check everyone on its trains is wearing face coverings and physically distanced.
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There are concerns that the reduced number of ferry passengers will damage Arran's summer tourism industry.
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Calls have been made for the return of the Caledonian Sleeper to Aberdeen to help get the struggling tourist industry back on track. Sleeper services have been plying the East Coast main line from London to Aberdeen in different guises since 1976, but all routes were cancelled at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown along with journeys to Fort William. While journeys to Fort William will begin again on Wednesday, trips to Aberdeen are yet to get back up and running.
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Arrochar and Tarbet: Rush hour at Arrochar & Tarbet- sleeper waits for southbound Royal Scotsman to clear the loop before proceeding
Paul D Kerr 04/09/2006

The steam train runs trips between Fort William and Mallaig.
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A north-east MP has said the return of a cross-country night train 'can't come fast enough'. The Caledonian Sleeper services between Aberdeen and London have not been running since March, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Aberdeen: 73967 is detached from the sleeper train as it arrives in Aberdeen on 20th March 2018. 967 then ran round the carriages and made use of the wash before stabling them for the day.
Caleb Abbott 20/03/2018

Tourists are cancelling island holiday accommodation bookings as social distancing regulations make it impossible for many to secure ferry places to travel to Scotlands remote communities.
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The relaxation from 2m after appropriate mitigation measures have been implemented will increase capacity on ferries where space has been severely restricted.
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The Aberdeen-based bus and train operator sees a huge fall in passengers, and losses of more than £150m.
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Glasgow's Subway is to get a share of a £9 million emergency fund after its operators warned the future of the service was in doubt due to Covid passenger losses.

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The Scottish Government announced the funding which will last until the end of September.
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Balgreen [Tram]: Edinburgh Tram 276 heads towards Balgreen and the city centre on 4 March, passing between Carrickknowe Golf Course and the E & D/Fife main lines.
Bill Roberton 04/03/2014

Broomloan Depot [Subway]: A 3-car Subway train in SPT livery standing at the depot in Govan in April 2008.
Colin Harkins 12/04/2008

Blackpool's trams are to begin operating once more from July 19, having been suspended since March 29 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Historic Clyde steamer TS Queen Mary has been given a boost to help it survive the coronavirus crisis.

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A new group is being formed in an ambitious bid to reinvigorate the Far North rail line in Caithness and Sutherland, it has emerged.

It is hoped the Far North Line Community Rail Partnership will encourage more visitors to the area and help the North Highlands recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Extending the Borders Railway ought to be part of UK prime minister Boris Johnson's £5bn bid to get the country's economy back on track after the coronavirus lockdown, according to campaigners.
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A train firm has announced a 'measured' return to service after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to suspend operations in April.

Grand Central will restart journeys on its West Yorkshire and North East routes from 26 July.

The business will resume with daily return services between Bradford and Sunderland and London King's Cross.

Because the Yorkshire-based company is an open access operator, it does not benefit from government support.
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Network Rail Scotland is restarting work on major construction projects across Scotland's Railway following a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Network Rail has announced work on the new station at Kintore is restarting following a three-month pause due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
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Government aspirations for a significant ramping up of passenger services towards pre-coronavirus levels are unlikely to be achieved, with train operating companies warning of staff shortages and a lack of clarity over capacity leading to an increasingly confusing situation.
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